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Posted: Mar 12, 2014 7:04 PM

Updated: Mar 12, 2014 7:05 PM

EDINBURG - The company that operates the rail line where a train derailed on Tuesday has won safety awards in the past four years, federal records show.

Tuesday's incident is the fifth derailment since 2010 for Rio Valley Switching Company.

Four hopper cars filled with corn jumped the tracks and ended on their sides just yards away from a neighborhood. Crews got the railcars back on the track by noon Wednesday.

Canton Road was closed from Jackson to McColl roads after the accident. The derailment destroyed about 100 yards of track.

Edinburg Mayor Richard Garcia said it is time to consider moving the rail line out of the city.

RVSC filed four incident reports with the federal government since 2010:

  • Five railcars derailed on March 19, 2013, on Edinburg's main line. The cause was listed as a joint bolt broken or missing.
  • Four cars derailed on June 14, 2011. The cause was listed as a split head (broken rail).
  • Six railcars derailed on July 1, 2010. The cause was listed as a broken rail and saturated ground.
  • Four cars derailed on April 20, 2010. The cause was listed as a broken rail and saturated ground.

RVSC's trains move slowly through the 70 miles of track the company oversees. The average speed is 10 miles per hour, company officials said.

Company officials said their trains do not haul hazardous materials.

Topics: rio valley switching, edinburg, derail, richard garcia

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